Wednesday, September 8, 2010
2010 Brooklyn Cyclones Nelson Pereira
Who is this? Brooklyn Cyclones pitcher Nelson Pereira
What is this? An autographed card from the 2010 Brooklyn Cyclones team set
Where'd I get it? Pereira signed it for me before the Cyclones' final regular season game last Sunday.
How much did it cost? The team set cost $10.
Why is this so special? The Brooklyn Cyclones finished the 2010 season with the best record in the NY-Penn League and are playing the Jamestown Jammers in the first round of the playoffs. After dropping game one to Jamestown last night, the Cyclones evened up the series with an extra-inning victory tonight. Tomorrow, the two teams will play the deciding game at MCU Park in Brooklyn. I'm planning to post a card signed by a member of the 2010 Cyclones team each night this week.
Pereira began his professional career in the Pittsburgh Pirates system in 2006 at the age of 17. The Pirates cut him loose after a 4-5 season with a 4.35 ERA for the State College Spikes in 2009. The Mets must have seen something that they liked -- perhaps his 10.1 SO/9 rate -- so they signed him and sent him to Brooklyn.
In 35 2/3 innings, Pereira struck out 38 while walking 12 and yielding 30 hits this season.
Pereira has a careful, tiny autograph.